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Upgrading my computer - Help please.


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Tripcode

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Hey there! new member!
I am planning on buying the following parts:

ATi 5770 Video Card?

2 gigabytes of DDR2 ram (Is DDR3 compatible with DDR2?)

650w PSU (stock PSU is a load of garbage, like most of them.)

and I have a few questions:


>ATi 5770:
Can somebody please give me the link to a website in australia/ships to australia for such items?
How would gaming performance differ with DDR3 and GDDR5?

I plan on buying an ATi 5770 1gig GDDR5, what kind of gaming performance would I get out of this over the next few years?
Would it be able to run the latest games?

>2 Gigs of RAM:

I am running on a 32bit OS and I heard somewhere that you can not go above 4 gigs of RAM unless you are on a 64bit OS, is this true? If so, would 4 gigs work on a 32bit OS?

>PSU

Pretty much nothing.

Thanks in advance.
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Tripcode

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Bracing for help.
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The 5770 is a very capable video card. DDR2 is not compatible with DDR3, nor is DDR.

You want to get yourself a good quality power supply. Think Corsair, Seasonic, or Zippy.

The type of RAM used on a video card should not really be a deciding factor. In general, the more you pay, the faster the card is overall.

A 32-bit Microsoft OS will not address all 4GB for your applications. I would think gaming should be fine, for now, with a 32-bit OS and 2 to 3GB of RAM, but in years ahead a 64-bit OS will probably be the way to go.
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iammykyl

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Hi.
http://www.staticice...u/advanced.html is the site I use for searching, pricing computer parts for Australia, New Zealand, UK. Can limit searches to a particular zone.

I would go to your Motherboard manufacturers website and search for compatible ram. Install 2x2GB (4GB) which will use 2 slots leaving 2 spare, if available on your mobo, should you upgrade to 64bt OS. Your 32bt OS will use just over 3GB.
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Thanks guys, I will upgrade to 64bit when games require more ram to play and when they are more compatible with it but until then I'll be fine.
Thanks again.
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Hey mate, im Australian like yourself and I buy all my parts from umart.com.au, they ship and allow you to pickup, they are very cheap, their locations accross Australia are:

Umart� Online(QLD)
2 Kilroe St Milton
4064 QLD
Tel : (07) 33693928
Fax : (07) 33697928

Umart� Online(Gold Coast QLD)
3/15 Jackman St Southport
4215 QLD
Tel : (07)55321488
Fax : (07)55321057

Umart� Online(Brisbane Southside)
2442 Logan RD Eight Mile Plains
4113 QLD
Tel : (07)33618188
Fax : (07)33412888

Umart� Online(Sunshine Coast)
Unit 17/82 Sugar Road Maroochydore
4558 QLD
Tel : (07)54510688
Fax : (07)54790622

Umart� Online(Melbourne)
18-20 Palmer Crt Mt Waverley
3149 VIC
Tel : (03)95908688
Fax : (03)95908699

Goodluck, if you can't go pickup your order from one of those stores, then that's fine as they will deliver.
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Tripcode

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Also, does video card RAM need to be the same as whatever-you-call-it RAM?
example, GDDR5 and DDR2?
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Video and system ram don't get ^mixed^ so can be of different types.
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Thanks guys!
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Tripcode

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Also guys, I was wondering if my CPU is any good or if I should look into buying another, it is an

Intel® Pentium®Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz

Thanks in advance.
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Also guys, I was wondering if my CPU is any good or if I should look into buying another, it is an

Intel® Pentium®Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz

Thanks in advance.

Edit.

Sorry about the double post, can't see a delete button.

Edited by Tripcode, 26 April 2010 - 03:43 PM.

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Does bump work in this forum?
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Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Your best bet is the Waiting Room.

Either way I can see a whole bunch of parts you are looking to get, but what do you currently have? Please list everything you currently have and what you would like to achieve by upgrading. Also list a budget you are looking to keep the upgrades within.

Cheers
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Currently running on 2048mb of system ram, CPU as previously stated, the GPU is an ATi 2400 HD Pro 128mb, far outdated in all fields.
If you want any other system information just ask me, I'm looking at an $800 budget so if I could be getting more bang for my buck please let me know, if these ideas are too ambitious please to the same.
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Yes, list everything please. Be specific with technical details as well.

Motherboard
PSU
CPU
RAM
VGA
Hard Drive
Optical Drive
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